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Paris Update This Week’s Events

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Drawing through the ages

"Apples" (1944), by Henri Matisse. Eric Coatalem Gallery.

> Salon du Dessin: 39 galleries showing works on paper, from Old Masters to contemporary. Palais Brogniart, Paris, March 22-27.

Contemporary drawing fair
> Drawing Now: 73 galleries, Carreau du Temple, Paris, March 23-26.

More contemporary drawings
>Ddessin: 20 galleries. Atelier Richelieu, Paris, March 24-26.

Art and design fair
> PAD (Paris Art + Design),
67 galleries, Tuileries Garden, Paris, March 22-26.

African culture festival
> The 100% Afriques festival showcases dance, theater, music, fashion, design, art, food and more from all over the continent. La Villette, Paris, March 23-May 28.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Audrey Dana's Si j'Étais un Homme, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, Feb. 24.

Documentary film festival
> Cinéma du Réel showcases documentaries from around the world. Various venues, Paris, March 24-April 2.

Suburban blues
> The Banlieues Bleues festival brings major French and international jazz acts to the Paris suburbs. Various venues, through March 31.

Before and after ecological disaster
> The Chic Planète festival presents two types of films, those celebrating the bounty of the earth and science-fiction views of what will happen after an ecopalypse. Forum des Images, Paris, through April 13.




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Histoire d'Automates

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“Le Pierrot Lunaire,” by Gustave Vichy. Photo: Nathalie Prebende

There is always something creepily fascinating about automatons, and visitors to the exhibition “Histoire d’Automates” at the Théâtre des Sablons (62-70, avenue du Roule 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine; tel.: 01 55 62 60 35; through Dec. 29) will get a good dose of that particular sensation. Collected by an antique dealer, these mostly late-19th-century pieces have been restored but are still too fragile to be in constant movement while on display, so videos are provided to show what they are capable of (I recommend watching the one projected on the back wall before looking at the objects themselves). For some unfathomable reason, the pieces are displayed behind fine-meshed metal screens, giving visitors a rather blurry view of them. Many, like a realistic lion and cow, are little more than giant wind-up toys, while others are more complex. Some of the weirdest are the monkeys dressed as humans – apparently a popular conceit at the time – dancing, playing music, cooking or taking tea. Some of the creepiest and most interesting, however, are the modern-day ones commissioned from artist Nicolas Darrot. Heidi Ellison